BallenIsles Tops Its Charity Fundraising Record

BallenIsles tops its charity fundraising recordBallenIsles Charities Foundation has raised $500,000 that it will present Feb. 28 in grants to 42 charities in West Palm Beach and throughout the county.

The amount, a record for the volunteer, nonprofit effort based in Palm Beach Gardens, brings the cumulative grants awarded by the foundation to more than $1.7 million over the six years since its formation.

The 2017 beneficiaries include:

ADOPT A FAMILY OF THE PALM BEACHES, INC.

Provides homeless students with school clothes, supplies, hygiene items.

ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Provides popular and favorite author series and series books to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms.

ALZHEIMER’S COMMUNITY CARE

Provides I.D. Locator Services for a Nurse Consultant to train and counsel care givers of patients.

BACK TO BASICS

Provides sets of school clothes to needy children.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF PALM BEACH COUNTY, INC.

Provides children with educational material for the already successful robotics program.

BUSCH WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Provides funding for a large animal transit trailer and mobile disaster command unit.

CARIDAD CENTER, INC.

Provides dental visits to children of the working poor.

CARSON SCHOLARS FUND

Provides funding for a reading room in an elementary school.

CENTER FOR CHILD COUNSELING

Provides for a therapist for children in need before moving to foster care or other safe venues.

CHILDNET

Provides funding for daily operational expenses of food, hygiene items, stuffed animal for abused, abandoned and neglected children.

CHILDREN’S HOME SOCIETY OF FLORIDA

Provides for mother and baby in the Transitions Home program.

CLINICS CAN HELP

Provides new pediatric adaptive wheelchairs to children with special needs.

FEED THE HUNGRY

Provides meals to the hungry.

FIRST TEE OF THE PALM BEACHES

Provides program funding for those with special needs, disabilities and kids from low income families.

GRANDMA’S PLACE

Provides care for children removed from their homes due to neglet or abuse

GRATITUDE HOUSE

Provides treatment for mother and her baby

H.A.C.E.R. MINISTRY CORP.

Provides families with 15-16 lbs. of food twice per month and supports the Thanksgiving Project.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF PALM BEACH COUNTY, INC.

Provides funding for The Weitz Construction Academy at Seminole Ridge High School to Build 1 Home.

HEALTHY MOTHERS, HEALTHY BABIES COALITION OF PBC, INC.

Provides Babies with infant packs containing diapers, baby formula, baby food, bottle, and spoon.

INLET GROVE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL

Provides licenses to access computer program reading material.

JACK THE BIKE MAN, INC.

Provides supplies needed to repair the bikes as well as bike helmets, bike chains and locks.

KIDSAFE FOUNDATION

Provides in school classes teaching children about abuse and personal safety.

MCCARTHY’S WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, INC.

Provides for the funding of a new van used to transport animals.

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN PALM BEACH SECTION

Provides for a Kids Closet stocked with school clothing for a Title One School.

PALM BEACH COUNTY FOOD BANK

Provides food for the weekend to children and their families for nine weeks.

Venus Williams believes she has many chances left for Grand Slams

Venus Plays For CharityVenus Williams says she still believes she has many chances left to win another Grand Slam, even though her younger sister Serena broke the record last year for oldest player ever to win a major. But the 36 year old said Friday, her love for tennis and her belief that great play is still ahead of her is what keeps pushing her every season.

Venus was out playing for charity Friday at her home court at BallenIsles in Palm Beach Gardens. Williams played club members and local tennis stars to raise money for the BallenIsles Charities Foundation, which funds a number of Palm Beach charities. Venus said before the event that her and Serena have been preparing hard for 2017.

Their starts in New Zealand next week.

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Gatorade Bars TV CommercialIn the weight room, locker room and on the team bus, these athletes are getting pumped up for the next game with Gatorade bars and Kanye West's song, "All the Lights." Even Serena Williams is singing along on the court.

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Venus Williams Gave Me a Tennis Lesson in Palm Beach Gardens

Venus Williams Gave Me a Tennis Lesson

New York Times journalist Katherine Rosman was lucky enough to visit BallenIsles and get a tennis lesson from Venus Wiliams. Below is her count of their meeting. 


“Katie, I am noting your split step isn’t happening.” Those words set into motion the best tennis lesson I’ve ever received. It was from Venus Williams.

I had traveled from New York to West Palm Beach, Fla., to spend an afternoon with Ms. Williams, to report on her off-court endeavors. (She is studying for a master’s degree in interior architecture and is the founder of two businesses: a fitness-wear and athleisure company called EleVen by Venus Williams and V*Starr Interiors, a design firm.)

But first, we were meeting at the courts where she and her sister Serena Williams practice, at the BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

I knew from my back-and-forth with the EleVen publicist that I, a moderately fit, rather uncoordinated 44-year-old mother of two, might be called upon to hit a few balls with Ms. Williams, the 6-foot-1 five-time Wimbledon singles champion.

But I had not anticipated sprinting up and down the court and running in circles around cans of tennis balls at the behest of one of the greatest players in history. It was the most fun I’ve had at work all summer.

Before we get to the split step, let me tell you what it’s like to be on the receiving end of a ball that Ms. Williams has hit to you about as softly as she likely is able: It’s terrifying. My strategy was to try to have my racket make contact with the ball. When I succeeded, I squeezed the grip as much as I could to prevent the racket from flying out of my grasp.

It was after this point that Ms. Williams called out my footwork. She demonstrated the importance of hopping into a wide-legged ready position after hitting each ground stroke from the baseline.

She then asked her hitting partner, Jermaine Jenkins, to feed balls to me toward the corners, forcing me to run, hit the ball, run back to the center of the baseline and split-step. And again. And again.

“You win with your feet,” she said. “It looks easy and it’s not.”

Next we worked on our (our!) sidestepping, going from the forehand side of the court to the backhand side of the court (and back again) while facing the net.

I watched her sashay from side to side and then took my turn. “You are so unbelievably graceful,” I said to her, as I panted.

She shrugged her shoulders and replied, “Win pretty, win ugly, just win.”

Then she had me run sprints. Then she had me go the length of the court by leaping on one foot, holding the landing and then leaping on the next. Then there were the high jumps. Then I was drenched.

Ms. Williams was ready to return to preparing for the United States Open. She and Mr. Jenkins set up a cardio-intensive cross-court drill. She asked her assistant, Zebe Haupt, to hit with me on the adjacent court: “Serena’s court” as she referred to it.

Cocky from my triumph of not breaking a leg or having a heart attack, I called out, “I’ll play the role of Serena.”

Venus answered, “If you want to be Serena, you better be prepared to serve at 120 miles an hour and win over 22 majors. That’s pressure even for me.”

 

I guess Venus Williams and I have at least one thing in common.

VENUS WILLIAMS’ TENNIS TIPS

  • Split-step into a ready position between every shot, at the baseline and at the net.
  • Keep your feet moving; take lots of small steps; make sure you are not too close to the ball.
  • Practice sidestepping: Run from one side of the court to another by crossing your right leg far over left, hopping left foot over to the left, crossing right leg over ... and repeat. Face the net the entire time. Then reverse direction.
  • Don’t hit the ball into the net, ever. (Honestly, this was one of her tips.)

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BallenIsles Wildlife Foundation hosts brunch in hopes of raising funds

WELLINGTON, Fla. - Hundreds came out to support the BallenIsles Wildlife Foundation in Wellington Sunday.

The organization held its elaborate champagne brunch at the Polo Club. Although it did rain, it did not dampen spirits.

Storm Team 5 Chief Meteorologist Steve Weagle was the keynote speaker.

Organizers said they are grateful for the community’s help.

“It’s just amazing, it really is,” BallenIsles President Marianne Guerra said. “The support that we get in our community and even outside the community is so much more than we ever expected.”

BWF helps organizations like the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary. This year they say they’ve been able to assist dozens of injured, stray and lost animals.

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